Monday, January 20, 2020

New painting.

Ginger




 The photos don't do it justice. The colours are warmer in reality. Anyway, I'm just happy that I'm painting again!






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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The new year began with spring flowers... a lovely bouquet from a friend brightened up a grey day.


 

New work, getting off the ground slowly but surely. A quiltie showcasing an antique baby bootie.

In progress


Finished
 Available in my Etsy shop








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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas






Happy New Year





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Friday, December 13, 2019

Tags and ATCs

 Triaging my collection of rubber stamps, I came across this one. It was probably the first one I ever purchased, and I'm still very fond of it, not just for the image but also for the style.

TAGS


 And an ATC






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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Hello!

Snows came early this year and caught me unwares. My old winter boots are a disgrace, so I had to hunt for a new pair. The dog I occasionally dog-sit doesn't like the cold so he's a bit of a challenge, and now we're indoors where he's snoozing while I make my Christmas cards. This year, I'm doing trees again, but in a different design.





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Monday, October 14, 2019

Thanksgiving


It's Thanksgiving Day in Canada.



 Happy Thanksgiving! 

May light penetrate the darkness.





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Friday, October 11, 2019

Enjoying the cooler fall temperatures. This time of year always energizes me, so I've been more active. I celebrated another birthday a week ago which brought on the perennial question: Where does the time go?

I listed two new items in my shop today.

Another ATC: I drew in ink, and plopped the wee girl onto the chair. I added a 4x6" black mat board with rounded corners for framing.


 For this painting, acrylic on paper, I referenced a vintage photograph of two young women.


 Inbetween art work, I continue to write. It's slow going, but it's going well.

Thank you for stopping by!





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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

 My last post was titled Summer Discomfort. Because of that discomfort, I haven't blogged in ages. But you hold on, do what you must, and it passes. So, it's been a difficult summer, but things are getting better. I'm back to writing and making art again. Giving up is not in my DNA...

 Visiting my sister in Seattle, I came across a package of these cutouts. I couldn't resist them. I used to spend hours printing and trimming old photos, so finding these was a relief.

 I made ATCs with them



 I put this lad on a horse on an existing painting.

 
 All these pieces are available in my Etsy shop.

And now I have to put my author's cap on and do some more writing.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Summer discomfort

Life has been a little difficult lately.... a lot of construction noise going on around my home, added to a back injury that's forced me to stay in. I take a walk every evening and do core exercises - recovery is slow but steady.

As for the noise, earplugs help a little, and so does sitting at my work table (I have to keep remembering to sit up straight and not give in to slouching) making artist trading cards. These two have just been listed here.









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Thursday, July 11, 2019

 And just like that it's July.



Revisions on my manuscript are very nearly done. Meanwhile, I followed my mentor's advice and sent a sample off to a literary agent that she recommended. Whatever happens next is in the hands of the Unseen.

Some 20-25 years ago, after I'd written 3 novels while holding down a full-time job as a magazine writer/editor, I sent out queries all over the place, more than 100. The replies I got were soul-shattering but I persisted and one well-known publisher almost published my second novel. At the 11th hour, they pulled out due to funds. Since I had already worked for a book publisher and the slush pile was one of my responsibilities, I knew better than to give in. I was also glad that I had been kind and diplomatic when writing rejection letters.

I knew what I was capable of and no amount of rejection would change that. But there came the time when I was exhausted and I turned to art making. It saved me.

Fast forward to last year, and this wonderful (and competent authority on publishing) came into my life and talked me into resurrecting one of my manuscripts. For that alone, I'm grateful.




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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Little collections

New in my shop.

Little collections of little quilties.

Two sets of 3

On sale with free shipping to Canada and the U.S.


SOLD.Thank you. 







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Saturday, June 01, 2019

The laptop is dead, long live the laptop

My trusty computer breathed its last and for about a week everything came to a standstill. The unfortunate thing about getting a new one up and running is hours of work, the loss of some programs and getting used to new stuff. Feeling like Mr Duffy, but I'm getting there.







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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Two collages

Listed today in my Etsy shop, two collages on antique papers.


Alternative methods of travel series


Peculiar people






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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Books and art

Way back when, I wanted to design book covers. Many years later, I was given the opportunity to design a cover by a friend who is publishing her books on Kobo.

This was the first one - I created the artwork, not the title and cover lines.
 

This is the second one that I just finished - I designed the whole cover, cover lines and all.

 


 All I can say is that I really like designing book covers....

 

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Friday, April 12, 2019


I just listed another art bundle/instant art collection in my Etsy shop. Six original pieces. You can view them here .


 Meanwhile, I'm working on my manuscript and some new artwork, too.

And occasionally taking care of Gustav. He likes to look out the window...








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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Dog story

 For the past two weeks, my friend's dog, Gustav the dachshund, has been staying with me while she and her family are on vacation.





Gustav is one of the most affectionate dogs I have known. And because of that, he managed to completely take over my life.... It's just as well that he goes home tomorrow night because the temptation to spoil him is strong.

As for me, it will be back to work - something I haven't done much of since he arrived!





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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Writing.... and drawing.

I don't know where she came from, but she means something to me and maybe one of these days I'll figure it out.
  
 



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Friday, January 25, 2019

Books

Writing fiction activates the imagination, so when I took a break, I got the idea to combine my quilties into a fabric book.

They are in a sense like finished "pages".


 One of the spreads

Another spread
 
 You can see the whole book here



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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I have a book project to work on this year. It's already written, and now it needs to be amplified from a novella to a full-length novel.

It's not easy to revisit a story, but I'm committed; I got the push from someone I trust and who knows what she's talking about. It's never too late!

That doesn't mean I don't continue to create my artwork. This is a brand-new listing in my Etsy shop.











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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

2019

Wishing you all a very Happy and peaceful New Year.

So does Gustav the Magnificent!
Sometimes I take this little guy out for a walk, and sometimes he spends the day with me.
He's small but his psychology is big...









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Friday, December 14, 2018

New in the shop!

Three little art patches [SOLD]


and

Cuckoo in the Nest (can you spot him?)

 




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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas tags

I make these Christmas tags on order every year.

This year, I've made 16 tags so far, on order for some special people. It may not sound a lot, but they are fiddly and time-consuming, and I enjoy making each and every one! Each tag is one of a kind, some are similar, most are different, but no two are the same.


 









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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Yuletide

It's that time of year again. 



My little Christmas trees are back and listed in my Etsy shop. Orders taken here





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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Ancestors

You have nothing to teach and everything to learn. 
You are an artist and the flowers want to bloom near you. 
Your ancestors use you to speak.
-- John Patrick Shanley


 Self-portrait with birds.







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Monday, October 29, 2018

Art bundle

 My first art bundle is up in my Etsy shop. You can see it here.

I'm offering 9 small pieces of original art in acrylic, watercolour and collage. Free shipping to Canada and the U.S.

SOLD. Thank you.





 Thank you for dropping by!



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Friday, October 12, 2018

New listings

 In between photographing artwork for my art bundles, I made these mini art quilts, now available in my Etsy shop.







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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pug with art bundles

 Bella went home last night.

This is her "What ARE you doing?" look.


 Apart from taking her photo, I've been sorting my works on paper - there is a lot of it. This pile is only about 15% of what I have. It all has to go somewhere. The not-so-good stuff has been thrown out or cut up for other projects.

My idea is to create art bundles, 4-6 artworks and list them in my Etsy shop for *sale* prices.




  
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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Fun with cats and dogs

Rufus


Watercolour/6x8 inches. Available in my Etsy shop 


 The Cat. 
4x6 inches, gouache and acrylic. 
Will be available in my Etsy shop shortly.







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